Nikiforos Alygizakis ~ Ph.D. Candidate


Nikiforos Alygizakis
MSc in Chemical Analysis-Quality Control

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Date of Birth 05/09/1991
Place of Birth Chania, Crete, Greece
Workplace Address Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry,Department of Chemistry, University of Athens


2009 – 2013

B.Sc. in Chemistry (2009-2013), University of Athens, Grade: 9.18/10.00

2013 – 2015

M.Sc. in Chemical Analysis-Quality Control, University of Athens, Grade 9.65/10.00

2015 – present

Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Athens

Research topic

  • Ph.D. Thesis
    Development of novel methodologies for the identification of unknown compounds in the aquatic environment employing high resolution mass spectrometry

  • Master Thesis
    Implementation of chemometric techniques for the detection and non-target identification  of analytes with distringuished time pattern in wastewater by LC-Q-TOF
    The aim of this proposal was to implement a computational methodology that would facilitate the detection of contaminants with high fluctuation in intensity among wastewater samples sampled in time-series. The output of this methodology was a compound table with top-prioritized components. The identity of the top-ranked components was revealed by established non-target identification workflows.  

  • Undergraduate Thesis
    Determination of drugs of abuse and their metabolites in wastewater by LC-MS/MS (QQQ)
    The objective of this study was to determine the concentration levels of illicit drugs and their metabolites in wastewater samples and to estimate the community usage of these drugs by the society (sewage epidemiology).

Research Interests

  • Automated data processing procedures for LC-HRMS
  • Advanced Statistics and Chemometrics techniques for prioritization of peaks in LC-HRMS
  • Identification of unknown compounds (not-target screening) in the environment
  • Investigation of the fate of emerging contaminants in the environment
  • Retrospective analysis of emerging contaminants in environmental samples
  • Hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC)
  • LC-HRMS/MS database construction

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Greek Chemists (2013-present)
  • Hellenic Society of Mass Spectrometry (2015-present)
Scholarships - Awards
  • 2013-2015: Scholarship John S. Latsis Foundation for graduate studies
  • 2010-2013: Scholarship Antonios Papadakis, University of Athens (granted after exams)
  • 2011-2012 & 2012-2013: Award from University of Athens (Heritage of Pantia Ralli) for high performance among students of department of Chemistry, University of Athens
  • 2011-2012: Award State Scholarships Foundation «IKY» for academic performance during 5th - 6th semesters of undergraduate studies